A hub for celebrities, socialites, and fast-paced professionals, London’s Islington boasts of eclectic cultural hotspots. One of the perks of staying in Islington is that getting to and from the elegant neighbourhoodis easy and convenient with lots of public transport options including underground, overground and busses. Make the most of your time with our guide to Islington’s best offerings.
Camden Passage is located just behind Upper Street. This vintage treasure is filled with shops, arcades, wooden stalls, cafes, boutiques and one of London’s oldest antique markets. Opened in the 1960s, it is an excellent find for collectors, interior designers, antiques dealers, and antique lovers. Some of the stalls have been here for generations, giving you the feel of being in a time. When visiting the market, trythe delightful chocolates and explore the vintage clothes and glamorousaccessories that are sold at reasonable rates.
Curious to know about the local historical, cultural and political credentials of the neighbourhood? Visit Islington Museum and enjoy events and talks, and learn everything worth knowing about Islington and staying in Islington.
Walk Islington’s Waterways
The short segment between Canonbury Road and St Paul’s Road are a delight to explore. Built in 1613, the main aim of the New River was to supply fresh drinking water to the city. Your walk along this river will tell the stories of people who used to live in the area. You can also visit huge number of warm pubs like the Narrow Boat and Island Queen in the central and eastern area of this district.
Filled with comics, dancers and musicians, Pleasance Theatre always try to offer its audience something original and different. Opened in 1995, the theatre has seen some of the most fantastic performances in the past decades.The theatre has always encouraged young talent and offered a huge platform for performers through its ‘work in progress’ sessions, bringing real gems in the spotlight. Earlier the place was a timber store.
Beauty Salon: The Chapel
Chapel is a popular converted Islington salon, known for its distinct and fabulous interior design and amazing lights decorative. This friendly salon has huge open windows that overlook St John Street. Another highlight of the place is its silver-framed mirrors, stylish 30s inspired chairs and one-to-one booths that gives the place a personal styling touch. The beautiful flower adorned staircases are artistically designed and the truly surprising thing about this place is that you pay for the hour, rather than for a specific service.
Food on your platter
No tour is complete without indulging in some scrumptious and delicious food and in Islington, there is no shortage of excellent eating joints. International cuisine to pub grub, Islington is not going to disappoint. One restaurant you must visit is Ottolenghi that offers flavour rich food made using natural ingredients where the food is made to be sharedwith its mezze size portions. Sit in the candle covered communal tables that overlooks the open kitchen to make your dining experience really amazing. Go here to enjoy cool, sophisticated yet laid-back environment.